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All Grain Brewing / Re: Why has my efficiency gone to crap?
« on: July 26, 2011, 02:54:59 PM »
Do you mill your own grain?  If not, someone messed with the gap at the HBS.

Equipment and Software / Re: Milwaukee pH meter issues
« on: July 26, 2011, 11:14:25 AM »
How do you store your probe?  I don't think it should take that long to stabilize if your probe is in good condition.

All Grain Brewing / Re: My first successfull AG mash!
« on: July 24, 2011, 01:32:26 PM »

Mash efficiency: 29.4 ! whohoo (1.050 OG, 5 gallons exactly, 8.5 lbs grain)
You might want to double check your math.
I assume that is points/pound/gallon...

Beer Recipes / Re: Sorachi Ace Saison, feedback time!
« on: July 22, 2011, 05:57:12 AM »
Do you have any other recommendations Narv?  I've always held it up as a shining example of the style, maybe I've been wrong the whole time!

Well, Saison Dupont is the traditional example, if there is such a thing as one for a Saison.  I like the Dupont Foret a little bit better, even.  Saison Pipaix is a well known spiced version of a Saison.  Saison D'Epeautre is a fantastic example that uses raw grains (spelt) and wild yeast make to make a delicious dry, slightly sour and refreshing beer.  One of my favorites.

Beer Recipes / Re: Sorachi Ace Saison, feedback time!
« on: July 21, 2011, 09:39:13 PM »
I also snagged a Saison du Buff to taste the best example of the style that I know.

Keep looking.  I personally didn't like this one, but objectively it's also not very true to any Belgian Saison I've ever had.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Poured out that old Belgian
« on: July 21, 2011, 02:22:31 PM »
Agree with Gordon here.  Make it dry, and no banana.  I'm not a fan of the bubblegum fruit/phenol explosion that a lot of American versions have either.

Although, I buy MFB Pils just because I can get it for so much cheaper than Dingemans, and I'm quite pleased with it.

Beer Recipes / Re: Jaggery in a saison
« on: July 20, 2011, 11:07:05 AM »
I've used it before and liked it to an extent.  It can have a very distinct flavor that provides a richness to the beer, which might be overpowering in a Saison if you use too much.  But, this is the opinion I have of any flavoring or spice in a Saison... YMMV.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Plastic 30L kegs
« on: July 20, 2011, 06:31:20 AM »
I assume that this is like the key keg... I've seen European imports come over in those because you don't need to ship them back.  You can serve with CO2 or compressed air because the empty space between the plastic and the bag is what is filled to push the beer out.

This one looks like the same concept but sturdier... I guess the downside is that it's not completely disposable.

The Pub / Re: what not to name your brewery
« on: July 19, 2011, 07:47:01 AM »
Do I have to bring up my brewery name again?

I pull out my stopper with thermowell and let a drop or two fall on my refractometer... instant reading.

I also found the standard corrections to be off... over time I've settled on a rough linear correction of just adding 0.4 brix and using that reading in the ProMash calculator.  This adds anywhere from 0.002 to 0.004 points to the FG, which always read low for me using the refractometer estimate.  a10t2's graph looks like he's getting the same results in a more scientific way :-)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: ProMash -> BeerSmith 2
« on: July 15, 2011, 01:39:22 PM »
Am I the only one that still uses Promash these days?

Nope.  I'm willing to give Beersmith 2.0 a try but haven't done it yet.  In the past, I found it to be cluttered with features I didn't need or with dubious value (FG predictions).  ProMash and Kai's water spreadsheet do everything I need to do with a better interface for me.  Right now I'm not lacking anything.

I met Brad at NHC and he was a really nice guy, though.

Also, in response to jeffy, you can run ProMash easily on a Mac using wine, even using your PC installation if you have that hard drive mounted.  I hear Beersmith 2.0 fails though, but there is a Mac version.

The Pub / Re: Showering with Gordon
« on: July 14, 2011, 06:20:00 PM »
I have this bad habit of reading on the john

So, just to be clear, showering isn't the only thing you were doing with Gordon...

The Pub / Re: Like the cut of your jib
« on: July 14, 2011, 08:25:47 AM »
I love sailing.  I'm no expert but I belong to the downtown sailing center here... J22s, Sonars, and cruisers that you can take out once you're certified as a skipper.  My friend has a 30' Catalina... we go out sailing on the chesapeake, I bring the beer.  Seems like a fair trade :-)

We went on a vacation last winter and cruised around the British Virgin Islands for a week on a 40' that we rented... it was awesome.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: beer leak
« on: July 14, 2011, 07:44:18 AM »
I've never had this problem, and I crank it nice and tight with a wrench.

You could try one of these:

Also, are you sure it's the nut?  Maybe the worm gear clamp needs tightening on the tubing around the barb.


Then there's these . . .

Square fermenters!  My inner monk just had a fantasy about fermenting 4 bbl of Saison in one of those.

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